Canucks and Beyond
by Alanah McGinley on 03/11/08 at 08:08 PM ET
In Forbes.com today, an article about “10 Numbers to Un-Retire” and guess who shows up? My favorite target, The Evil Empire. (Apologies in advance—I know that I’m terribly predictable in this way.)
Anyway, while the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater is despairing at the fake groin injury of Peter the Great (Foppa is actually just “tired”, not groin-impaired? The Glass Swede shatters something, and that’s just too unbelievable to accept? Good grief…) there are more seriously-unserious matters to be debated in the Mile High City.
There’s also the golden rule that says when your club has no real tradition to speak of, go ahead and take someone else’s. That’s when you pick up a star near the end of his career, then retire his number after his playing days end as a way to claim him as your own.
Those co-opted Hall of Famers include hockey great Ray Bourque (one-plus season with the Colorado Avalanche)...
Somehow, it never really registered in my bottle-blonde, scatter-brained head before, the lunacy of retiring Bourque’s number to the Avalanche rafters.
How was that logical?
Avs fans—friends and foes—please explain this mystery!
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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
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